Page 2 of Camilla Elin and Becky Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 5th 2011

Boxing Day was already upon us and we decided that the perfect way to spend it was on the beach with cheese and biscuits! How traditional!! We enjoyed the sunshine and spent the afternoon in the very hot hot-tub before heading to the supermarket to get our dinner! We spent a fairly chilled out evening watching sky movies exhausted from all the Christmas antics! Elin even fell asleep in her clothes! Bless!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 5th 2011

Christmas morning we were feeling a little worse for wear but it didn't stop Becky from heading to Church!! When we finally roused to the smell of a massive Christmas Breakfast Fry Up we shared Christmas greetings in the sunshine before going for a drive with our neighbours! Back at the hostel we got ready for Christmas dinner with our sparkling wine! (the instant noodles had been worth the price!!) and sat on the balcony, sunglasses and flipflops on! We weren't in the usual Christmas attire but the Orphans Christmas dinner was amazing and we enjoyed a BBQ feast with Ice-Cream for Dessert before another night in the bar followed by the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special! Obviously!!! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 5th 2011

Possibly the best Christmas Eve ever we had an early start to catch the Dolphin Explorer where we were hoping we would get the chance to swim with wild dolphins!! We were a bit worried when we were told the boat had broken down but luckily this meant we had a free upgrade to the full day cruise round the islands!!! So we set off around the islands in the sunshine before a pod of 30 teenage bottle nose dolphins was spotted ahead! we all jumped into action grabbing snorkels and fins and jumped off the boat into a giant net attached to the boat! When we were finally given the signal we swam out as quickly as we could into the sea, heads down making dolphin like noises through our snorkels! Before we knew it ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 5th 2011

Today we betrayed the Magic Bus and joined the Kiwi Experience north to the Bay of Islands where we would be spending Christmas!! Arriving in Paihia we checked into our Christmas abode where we met some slightly extrovert Kiwi roomates! Drinking games began shortly followed by the bar and before we knew it it was Christmas Eve!!! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland January 5th 2011

Today we headed back to Auckland, our final journey on the magic bus!! In the afternoon we just did some souvenir shopping and walked to the harbour in the evening where we went to see the launch of new P&O cruise liner!! The next day we managed to wangle a free day trip (supposed to be $40!!!- BARGAIN!!) to Piha - a beach resort on the West coast. We started by visiting a cultural centre before heading to an amazing waterfall which we didn't hesitate in jumping straight into!! We then chilled out on the black sand of Piha beach with great views of the lion rock and of course the NZ equivalent of the Bondi life gaurds!!!! That evening we returned to Auckland and had an early night in preparation for the Bay of Islands!! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui December 21st 2010

We arrived at our new Northern spot today, Mount Mauganui in you guessed it....pouring rain!! So our 2 days on the beach had to be slightly altered and so we decided to pass the time instead by doing our Christmas shop and watching classic rom coms on VCR! Becky and Elin ventured up the Mount where the views were a little limited by the fog, but the beach was really pretty despite the unlucky weather! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua December 21st 2010

The drive back up to Rotorua was not as stunning weather wise as the way down, and so the journey seemed especially long but when we finally arrived back into stinky town we decided to make the most of all the gift shops and the geothermal activity by relaxing in the geothermally heated pool which was 39 degrees!!! It was ever so slightly hot so we only managed a measly 15 minutes but we came out beetroot like but very soothed and ready for bed!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington December 21st 2010

This morning we began the day with a visit to Camilla's favourite animals!! More Seals!! We walked up to a waterfall where the seal pups were meant to be but sadly there weren't there today so we had to settle for more of the big fat ones lazing on the beach! Back on the bus we headed North to Picton where we caught the ferry across a very misty Tasman Sea back to Wellington! Luckily we didn't bump into the evil cow in New World this time!!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura December 21st 2010

Becky's 22nd Birthday was unfortunately again very wet! But we were still able to enjoy another seal colony (much to Camilla's delight!!) and a stroll through the fishing town where obviously we just had to indulge in a Fish n Chip supper! The chips weren't quite up to Bert's standards but the fish (and Elin's lasagne!) was amazing!! That evening we decided to celebrate Becky's birthday in style with nothing less than Wine, Pick n Mix and of course Bridget Jones! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 21st 2010

Day 86 brought more of our favourite weather....rain!! As we headed into 'English' city of Christchurch we braved it out in the rain to walk round the city to see what it had to offer including an old fashioned tram, some punting and a few 'English' buildings Oxbridge style! That evening we decided to get into the Christmas spirit and so went to the cathedral for a carol service which was amazingly followed by sparkling wine and mince pies!! Definately a good start to the Christmas countdown although still not quite the same as home singing in flip-flops and shorts!!... read more

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